Westland seeks peat extraction renewal

Westland Horticulture is to extract peat from Auchencorth Moss on the Penicuik Estate near Edinburgh.

An application by estate tenant Westland is seeking to renew a 30-year-old old minerals permission, so can not be rejected. If new conditions are imposed, compensation may be payable.

Westland, wants to extract 100,000 cubic metres of peat every year until 2042 from 240 hectares of Auchencorth Moss. Permission was originally given in 1986, and the company is now seeking to renew that under a ‘review of minerals permission’ process.

But the process only allows for planning conditions to be updated, and does not permit the original consent to be withdrawn.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Scotland, The Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage are against the renewal, according to reports in The Herald.

The 3,000-hectare Penicuik Estate has been owned and run by the Clerk family since 1654.

Westland did not comment.

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